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Benutzer. 12/11/2012. RM-825_eu_euro2_238
Steigerung fehlt
Increase is missing

User. 12/1/2012. RM-825_eu_euro1_217.
Wow. This brings back some memories. Would be great if you could add sound!

Peter. 11/30/2012.
I Ich spiele dieses Spiel schon seit 30 Minuten und schaffe es noch immer nicht. Die hochhäuser sollten nicht sofort von Links an beginnen 🙁
I’ve been playing this game for over 30 minutes and still did not manage it. The high-rise buildings should not immediately start of links to: (

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Posted by admin - January 3, 2013 at 15:35

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Blitz revisited – behind the scenes

My first game on Windows Phone. In its first month it has got over 2500 downloads!!

This is based on an addictive game my sister and I enjoyed playing when we were young.

I cannot believe how fast phones are now. This game redraws the whole screen from blank to skyscrapers in less than a blink of an eye! In the old days, you would draw the screen once, and only make deltas to the screen (ie: draw the skyscrapers one time, and remove blocks each time there was a bomb). When C64 and BBC came along, you could draw a screen in the background and then redirect the video buffer to read that instead. How times change!

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Posted by admin - January 3, 2013 at 15:34

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Facebook development for Windows Phone 8

Some examples below. Note, you need to get your own access tokens… to get this, go to sample queries and copy/paste the access token.


All about me (matches query in fb sample)

Profile = wall

profile of friend

get my friends
each friend has an id, eg: 4 is mark zuckerberg

friends page for more information

picture{0}/picture?type={1}&access_token={2}”, id, “square”, _accessToken

of course, how you parse these things is a non trivial mess of IDictionary, JsonArray and JsonObject. However it does have a weird logic behind it, which makes it quite expandable. I’ll write a post on that later.

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Posted by admin - January 3, 2013 at 15:31

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NFC Charging plate for Nokia Lumia 820

Got my NFC charging plate today for my Nokia Lumia 820. Overall I think this is good – but it’s not a travel accessory, better for your home base.

UK plug is huge – much bigger than the sleek charging plug provided in the Lumia pack.
Power plugs are not USB, so need yet a different set of cables. Although supplied with the pack, you can guarantee those will get lost… why did they not use USB?

No more putting USB connector into the phone (it’s led to some damage on other makes & models).
Really quite easy to charge (as long as the NFC plate is pointing the right way)

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Posted by admin - December 30, 2012 at 19:33

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Nokia Lumia 820

Loving my new #Nokia #Lumia #820.

WHY I LOVE NOKIA LUMIA 820 (as oppose to other win8 phones) – my top 4:
1. back cover can be removed / replaced… carphone currently selling NFC back cover (& free NFC charge pad)
2. expandable mini-SD (but see below)
3. Great screen.
4. Front facing camera, ready for Skype – if it ever stabilizes

WHY WP? Basically I love:
1. motion engineering paradigm. Microsoft guy explained they have motion engineers. This is all about what happens when you interact with the phone, for example the phone swiping, etc.
2. social integration. This is a really key thing: all my facebook, linkedin, outlook contacts and calendar events in 1 place. Very easy search telling me my interactions with people before I call them
3. nokia radio. creating my own (multiple) radio mixes of my favourite artists

Carphone warehouse does sim-free for 380 GBP. My suggestion is ring up the shops and check stock. I got mine from an out of town store near Oxford – they had only received 1 Nokia Lumia 820 and I got it. No other stores in Oxford had stock. Reading had also ran out. The guy in Reading town center said they had sold 20s of units.

1. Distribution. Common story though: Nokia sales distribution channels are very poor in UK, stock is not really reaching shops and sales support is not reaching some of those shops – luckily the phone almost sells itself!
2. SD card. Few glitches with the mini SD card – some don’t work and I bought a new one with the phone. I bought a sandisk 32Gb originally which did not work – but then carphone warehouse tested in another phone, decided the SD card was fried and replaced it. The new one works fine.
3. Spotify. Cannot find the app yet – however found all my other apps. Phone seems to be coded to UK marketplace even though I use a Finnish live id (I can download t-mobile app, but not Elisa Viihde).
4. The carphone warehouse free Win8 upgrade offer did not have the sticker on the box, so not quite sure how that works as I need a code to get that working – luckily the carphone warehouse guy is very good and following up.
5. Charger. There is a fake plastic earth on the charger plug which did not seem to work on one of my plugs (but worked on the other)
6. NFC charger. This needs to be delivered to either carphone warehouse or to a UK home address, is shipped by courier and usually arrives in 1-2 days.

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Posted by admin - November 23, 2012 at 14:06

Categories: Feeling At Home in New Places, Mobile Development, Mobile Living, Tech, Windows Phone   Tags:

free sound effects for games

In my recent game, I had to put in some sound effects. A really good (and free) source was soundbible.

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Posted by admin - November 20, 2012 at 10:46

Categories: Android, Mobile Development, Nokia Development, Win8, Windows Phone   Tags:

xna wp7 advertising

In Visual Studio 2010, I added the following code:

1. Solution Explorer / Reference / AddReference
2. Go to browse & go to: c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Advertising for Phone\Libraries\Microsoft.Advertising.Mobile.dll
3. Add this line to the top of the Game1.cs file: using Microsoft.Advertising.Mobile.Xna;
4. then follow the instructions on expansionflow – Incorporating Ads into Your Windows Phone XNA 4.0 Game

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Posted by admin - November 20, 2012 at 10:42

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visual studio – which package should I be using

This is a really useful tip. In visual studio you sometimes copy code from the web, without there being proper references to which package to enter in the “using” section.

To help out, highlight the keyword. Then press s. It should then highlight the package.

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Posted by admin - November 19, 2012 at 15:04

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FinnGo Privacy Policy

FinnGo uses the internet to access the translation service and foreign web pages. These URLs are the only information transferred to an external server – all other data is stored locally. No personal information is transmitted.

Current data stored on your device:
Windows Phone = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Windows 8 = all data destroyed at end of session. No user data stored currently.
Android = user can define their own urls and languages. This data is stored permanently on the device. It is not transmitted to external devices. This data can be accessed and modified by going to the menu/settings.

To my knowledge, the above complies with applicable laws and regulations. If you want to report a violation or are unsatisfied or want further information, please email to and I will fix it (timelines will depend on certification of the various app stores).

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Posted by admin - October 31, 2012 at 10:31

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FinnGo on Win8: it’s in

It’s 15 minutes to midnight and approaching October 26 – and I just submitted my first Win8 app into the store. It’s been a tough journey, some notes:
– had to reinstall Win8 and Visual Studio this afternoon as the Win8 link was not RC/RTM but preview and that causes problems with Visual Studio
– had to pay another sum (37 EUR) to access the store… gotcha: you then need to enter the amount charged (in local currency – I thought it was the USD amount)
– submission process is much better, but takes a lot longer… it took me about 2 hours to package and do my icons/screenshots
– (not sure if this is my computer) had to hit the submit buttons up to 3 times before finishing
– description was marked incomplete and whatever I did, I could not work out what was wrong… gotcha: hit enter after typing in the caption for your screenshots
– store menu in Visual Studio is *very* nice. Did not work for me on last step (submit app – I did that directly from the dashboard), but other steps worked ok. Gotcha: store/create app package took some time: it launched the app about 6-7 times.

Screenshots required (although some are optional):
store logo 50×50
logo 150×150
wide 310×150
small 30×30
badge 24×24
splash 620×300
promotion 414×180
screenshot 1366×768

Once submitted, here’s a rough guide to next steps. Most have times in hours, except content compliance:
– pre-processing
– security tests
– technical compliance
– content compliance (7 days)
– release
– signing and publishing

Now hoping to get my elite status from Microsoft (for submission before Oct 26).

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Posted by admin - October 26, 2012 at 01:00

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